WATER RESOURCES DIVISION
NATioiviAl ParI< Service
501 SoutIh Howes Street
Fort ColliNs, ColoRAdo 80521
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
APR 2 4 1992
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in 2012 with funding from
LYRASIS Members and Sloan Foundation
Water Resources Division
This Strategic Plan is intended to chart the path for the Water Resources Division over
the next 3 years. In concert with the Natural Resources Directorate's 5-year plan, it
will serve as a guide for the staff and provide standards for decision making as
programs are developed and implemented. The Plan includes a Vision Statement,
Goals and Objectives together with Tasks which will be integrated into the Division's
Annual Work Plan each year.
This document was conceived and developed by management and staff of the
Division. It is intended to anticipate the future water resources needs of the National
Park Service and to be responsive to our "customers." Regional Water Resources
Coordinators and other National Park Service organizational units reviewed the plan
in draft and offered valuable suggestions. The final product focuses on our vision and
our dedication to serving the National Park Service.
The employees of the Water Resources Division are committed to this Vision and to
carrying out this Plan. In so doing, those we serve will recognize that we are truly
"responsive to Park, Regional, and National needs, and committed to quality and
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NA TIONAL PARK SERVICE PURPOSE
"... purpose is to conserve the scenery and
the natural objects and the wild life therein
and to provide for the enjoyment of the same
in such manner and by such means as will
leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of
future generations. " (16 CISC 1; 1916)
". . . these areas, though distinct in character,
are united through their interrelated purposes
and resources into one national park system
as cumulative expressions of a single national
heritage; that, individually and collectively,
these areas derive increased national dignity
and recognition of their superb environmental
quality through their inclusion jointly with
each other in one national park system
preserved and managed for the benefit and
inspiration of all the people ..." (16 USC 1a- 1;
"The authorization of activities shall be
construed and the protection, management,
and administration of these areas shall be
conducted in fight of the high public value and
integrity of the National Park System and shall
not be exercised in derogation of the values
and purposes for which these various areas
have been established, except as may have
been or shall be directly and specifically
provided by Congress. " (16 USC la- 1; 1978)
The mission of the Water Resources Division
is to preserve and protect National Park
Service water resources and water dependent
environments. This mission is accomplished
through a watershed management program
based on needs at the Park, Regional, and
The Water Resources Division is dedicated to
the mission of the National Park Service, is
responsive to Park, Regional, and National
needs, and is committed to quality and
pro fessiona/ism .
TO BE RESPONSIVE TO PARK, REGIONAL, AND
NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT NEEDS
Objective 1 : Improve Formulation of the Servicewide Water Resources Program
Task 1: Identify Servicewide needs and integrate them into the program.
Task 2: Develop and maintain a water resources issues/needs data base.
Task 3: Host an annual meeting with water resources coordinators and key
staff to formulate annual work plan.
Task 4: Develop standards and guidelines for addressing unplanned technical
assistance needs and for making annual work plan modifications.
Task 5: To the extent possible, schedule all program planning and evaluation
activities on a fiscal year basis.
Objective 2 : Improve Implementation of the Servicewide Water Resources
Task 1: Develop and evaluate approaches for enhancing technical program
implementation at the park level and field test selected alternatives.
Task 2: Evaluate alternative approaches for enhancing program coordination at
the National and Regional level.
Task 3: In cooperation with other organizational units, develop a long-term
Servicewide organization, staffing, and implementation plan for the
water resources program.
Objective 3 : Provide for Review and Evaluation of the Servicewide Water
Task 1 : An annual report will be developed by the WRD and reviewed at an
annual meeting of water resources coordinators, research, and
resource management staff associated with the program.
Task 2: Develop and implement procedures for reporting progress on WRD
activities/annual work plan commitments.
Task 3: Develop and implement internal program review procedures.
PROVIDE SERVICES AND PRODUCTS
OF HIGH QUALITY AND UTILITY
Objective 1 : Develop and Apply Quality Assurance Procedures
Task 1: Develop quality assurance guidelines for WRD program.
Task 2: Develop quality assurance guidelines for WRD products.
Objective 2 : Evaluate Services and Product Utility
Task 1: Solicit feedback from customers regarding utility of products and
Task 2: Conduct evaluation of WRD services and products.
Objective 3 : Promote Effective Transfer of Services and Products
Task 1: Define primary services and products.
Task 2: Formalize requirements for Division publications including the report
Task 3: Assess effectiveness of existing transfer mechanisms and modify as
TO ENHANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE ROLE
OF THE WATER RESOURCES PROGRAM
IN ACCOMPLISHING THE SERVICE'S MISSION
Objective 1 : Improve Integration of WRD Program in the Administration and
Management of NPS Resources
Task 1: Encourage cooperative efforts between Washington Offices and
Denver Service Center.
Task 2: Participate in NPS Superintendent conferences, resource management
meetings, and science conferences.
Task 3: Integrate water resource management training with other NPS training.
Task 4: Orient new natural resource specialists to the WRD program.
Objective 2 : Improve Interagency Coordination and Cooperation
Task 1: Evaluate and support WRD representation on interagency committees.
Task 2: Identify opportunities to share expertise and other resources between
agencies, and to coordinate resource management activities between
Task 3: Maintain, review, and update interagency agreements with other
agencies and develop agreements as necessary.
Objective 3 : Contribute to NPS's Interpretation, Training, Environmental
Education, and Outreach Programs
Task 1: Investigate the feasibility of dedicating a position to water resources
interpretation, training, environmental education, and outreach
Task 2: Develop informational materials on the Division, NPS water resource
values, and management challenges utilizing appropriate audio/visual
TO MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE A HIGH LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM
Objective 1 : Encourage and Facilitate Employee Development
Task 1: Establish annual training guidelines and identify resources available for
implementing individual development plans.
Task 2: Develop effective individual development plans that recognize
personal, career, and NPS needs. Implement and evaluate individual
aspects of the EDP annually W/l context of individual work plans.
Task 3: Study feasibility of "detail assignments" for WRD employees to parks,
Regions, WASO, or other organizational units or agencies.
Task 4: Develop and maintain a library of training opportunities. Support
specialized training opportunities as appropriate.
Task 5: Support participation in training opportunities, professional meetings
and societies, and with other national and international organizations.
Task 6: Explore feasibility of an employee organization for purposes of
organizing wellness programs, social activities, etc.
Objective 2 : Provide Support and Recognition for WRD Employees
Task 1: Continue promoting formal recognition of individual and group
Task 2: Solicit informal customer feedback after providing services.
Task 3: Identify and secure space, equipment, and support staff, to the extent
feasible, to provide an efficient and professional work environment.
Task 4: Develop creative solutions to meet special employee needs.
Task 5: Develop a pamphlet describing WRD personnel and their areas of
Objective 3 : Foster Effective Communication with WRD Staff and Customers
Task 1: Continue semi-annual all employee meetings. Schedule additional
meetings as appropriate.
Task 2: Develop and implement program to orient new WRD employees to the
NPS and WRD.
Task 3: Promote employees suggestions and ideas and implement as
Task 4: Provide a forum for exchange of ideas between WRD staff and other
Task 5: Investigate feasibility of enhancing automated communication within
WRD and between WRD and other NPS units.
Task 6: Make greater use of issue teams comprised of representatives from
different disciplines and organizational units.
Task 7: Maintain and enhance WRD reporting protocols, including trip reports,
annual report, monthly reports, Division reports, etc.
Task 8: Enhance WRD participation in Regional workshops, meetings, and
other NPS meetings.
Cover Design by Jacqueline V. Nolan
Edited by Judy Rouse
For additional copies, contact:
National Park Service
Water Resources Division
301 S. Howes St., Room 353
Fort Collins, CO 80521
strategic plan : FY92 - FY95.
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